Marketing Beef

Canada’s Beef and Cattle Market Access

Following Canada’s announcement of its first BSE case in May 2003, most of Canada’s trading partners banned imports of Canadian cattle, beef, and beef products. The following list identifies those trading partners which have subsequently resumed full or partial trade in Canadian beef and/or cattle.  The list is based on those trading partners who have official approval of Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) certification, as of January 18, 2016. You will also find an overview of Canada's market access as supplied by DFATD by clicking here.     

Country
Market Access                         
 Albania  All beef
 Algeria  Breeding cattle less than 36 months
 Antigua and Barbuda  Beef from animals under 30 months,
 - all liver
Azerbaijan All cattle born after August 4, 1997
 Bahrain  All beef and offal
 Barbados  All beef and offal
- All cattle born after December 31, 2003
 Bermuda  All beef and offal
- All cattle born after feed ban (August 4, 1997)
 Cayman Islands Beef from animals under 30 months, offal from animals under 30 months, all liver

 Chile  All beef
 China  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months
 Colombia  All beef
- Cattle born after August 1, 2007
 Costa Rica  All beef
- Breeding cattle born after feed ban (August 4, 1997)
 Cuba  All beef and offal (except tongues and hearts)
 Egypt  
Beef from animals under 30 months, offal from animals under 30 months
 El Salvador  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months¹
 European Union²  All beef and offal
- Additional requirements: hormone-free and
ractopamine-free
- Cattle for breeding and/or production
 Guatemala  Boneless beef (and offal) from animals under 30 months³
 Honduras  All beef
 Hong Kong  All beef
 Iran Breeding cattle
 Indonesia  All boneless beef and offal (oxtail, tongue, heart and liver) from animals under 30 months 
As a result of Canada’s BSE case in Alberta in February 2015, Indonesia has temporarily suspended imports of beef from Canada
 Jamaica  All beef
 Japan  Beef from animals under 30 months
 Jordan  All beef
 
 Kazakhstan  All cattle (no age limitation) 
Beef from animals under 30 months; and boneless beef from animals over 30 months
- Additional requirement: hormone-free and ractopamine-free 
(as per Eurasian Economic Commission Customs Union requirement)
 Lebanon  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months and offal

 Macau  All beef and offal
 Macedonia  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months, offal from animals under 30 months
- Cattle for breeding and/or production (same conditions as for the EU)
 Mexico  Beef from animals under 30 months, offal from animals under 30 months, all liver
- Breeding cattle born after January 1, 1999
 Moldova  Cattle (born after September 2004)
 Mongolia  All cattle
- All beef
 Morocco  All cattle (no age limitation)
 New Zealand  All beef and offal
 Panama  All beef
- All cattle
 Peru  All boneless beef; bone-in beef from animals under 30 months; offal with no age restrictions (tongue, heart, ruminant stomach, liver and kidneys)
- Cattle born after August 1, 2007
 Philippines  All beef and offal
- Breeding cattle
 Puerto Rico  All beef and offal (U.S. certification requirements apply)
- Breeding cattle (U.S. certification requirements apply)
 Qatar  Breeding cattle born in 2009 or later 
- All beef
 Russia  All boneless beef; bone-in beef from animals under 30 months
- Additional requirements: hormone-free and ractopamine-free
(Eurasian Economic Commission Customs Union requirement)
- Breeding cattle (no age limitation)
St. Kitts & Nevis  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months
 St. Pierre et Miquelon  All beef
- All cattle (no age limitation)
 Saudi Arabia  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months
Serbia Breeding cattle (no age limitation)
Singapore Boneless beef from animals under 30 months
 South Korea  Beef from animals under 30 months
- Proven bulls 
 Switzerland  All beef and offal
- Additional requirement: ractopamine-free
- Cattle for breeding and/or production (same conditions as for the EU)
 Taiwan  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months, includes specified offal
- As a result of Canada's BSE case in Alberta in February of 2015, Taiwan has temporarily suspended imports of beef from Canada
 Thailand  Boneless beef from animals under 30 months, excludes offal
 Trinidad & Tobago  Beef from animals under 30 months, liver from animals under 30 months
- All cattle
 Tunisia  Beef from animals under 30 months
- Heifers and fattening cattle, born after July 1, 2001
 Ukraine  Cattle (under 30 months)
- Beef from animals under 30 months
 United Arab
 Emirates
 All beef
- Cattle (born in 2009 or later)
 United States  All beef, offal, liver
- All cattle born after March 1, 1999
 Uzbekistan  All cattle
 Vietnam  All beef and offal (heart, liver and kidney)
- All breeding cattle

 1.Currently no Canadian beef or pork establishments are apporved to export to El Salvador. El Salvador has inidcated that they would require an inspection visit to approve interested Canadian beef and pork establishments for export.

2. European Union includes the following 28 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

3.Currently no Canadian beef or pork establishments are approved to export to Guatemala. Guatemala has indicated that they would require an inspection visit to approve interested Canadian beef and pork establishments for export